The world of books and publishing has been overwhelmed by the recent emergence of popular e-books in the consumer market place. One example, Amazon.com reports selling more e-books than paper during the last holiday season. E-book reading devices like the Kindle, Nook, Sonyâs Reader, the much rumored and hyped Apple iSlate (revealed as iPad), and many other mobile devices are also in the media spotlight. Sony, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble all have attractive Web stores and engaging brick-and-mortar shopping experiences offering e-books and publications that put many library Web pages and places to shame.
So what is the libraryâs role in this growing e-book and e-publication world and how do we ensure that libraries continue their long relationship with readers and with books? Stated more bluntly, what do libraries have to do to stay relevant as e-books presumably take increasing share of the book and print market?
In order to explore this question â and come up with a list of issues and strategies, TBLC and Chad Mairn (St. Petersburg College) are inviting you to participate in a community conversation about e-books, e-publications, and e-book readers and their place in libraries and to help shape a library community response to this exciting challenge and opportunity.